55 responses

  1. Megan @ Life As Megan KNows It
    July 19, 2011

    You look great! Wonderful progress!
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  2. Fit Chick Britt
    July 19, 2011

    You look awesome. I can tell you’ve made progress by the photos. Way to go for sticking through this AND HIM training!!
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  3. Elle
    July 19, 2011

    Great timing…I’m starting Stage 1 today!
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  4. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    July 19, 2011

    You can tell you made progress.. I was never into lifting weights, but I’ve actually since firsthand how it really DOES make a difference in your body when you add it to your routine.. Perhaps I should get that book, but I sort of just lift haphazardly when at the gym. I need a trainer. πŸ˜‰
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  5. Sarah for Real
    July 19, 2011

    I was looking forward to this post because I’m working through Stage 1 right now. Tell me, did you find workout A or B to be different in difficulty?

    I really like A because B seems too easy. I find the deadlifts a little bit too muscle-man for me to feel comfortable with and I can’t figure out how to secure weights to them so I’ve just been using the bar. That might be part of my problem haha.

    • Meghann
      July 19, 2011

      I liked B more because of the deadlifts – they were my favorite and where I really felt strong. πŸ™‚ My gym has bars with weight already added in 10lb increments so I’ve been using those.

      • Emma
        July 21, 2011

        was your deadlift weight including the bar or just added weight? Great Job! I am wrapping up Stage 1 as well. Excited to start a new routine in Stage 2, even though it means testing out new moves which always feel weird to begin with for me.

  6. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life
    July 19, 2011

    You can definetly see progress in your photos!!!! Awesome job with the amount of weight you were able to add! Thats incredible!
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  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 19, 2011

    I just posted my recap of stage 1 yesterday. Looks like we started and finished right around the same weights. I too struggles with knowing what to do when moving from 20-25 was too much and then the lower reps seemed counterintuitive with the same weight.
    Your measurements are a lot more substantial than mine. I was kind of shocked that my biceps didn’t measure any differently yet I feel like they’re bigger and I’m stronger. Ready for stage 2!
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  8. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories
    July 19, 2011

    Woah, girl! Get it! You are truly a weight-lifting inspiration! To me, at least. πŸ™‚
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  9. Dori
    July 19, 2011

    You definitely made great progress. That is my problem too, I would have no idea what weights to use initially. One day I will worry about that, for now I stick to classes where I’m told what to do!
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  10. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 19, 2011

    Same thing happens to me when I try to take progress photos — I can never tell because the photos are either slanted strange or I’m not wearing the exact same clothes.

    Your increase in weight is impressive though!
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  11. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups
    July 19, 2011

    You’re doing awesome and looking great! I can’t believe you’re tackling this and half ironman training! So awesome and motivating!
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  12. Cait’s Plate
    July 19, 2011

    Woohoo! You’re looking AWESOME. So excited to see how phase 2 goes. On another note, I REALLY need to get this book! So jealous of all the muscles everyone’s sporting around the blog world as a result of it!
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  13. girl in the pink
    July 19, 2011

    You look fabulous! You are so brave to post bathing suit pics and measurements – awesome!! πŸ™‚

  14. Shayla @ The Good Life
    July 19, 2011

    You look awesome Meghann!! In the photos you can definitely tell that you’re tightening up and adding muscle definition and tone to your body. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚
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  15. courtney (pancakes and postcards)
    July 19, 2011

    Good job! I should really do this. I just kinda go in and lift 15 lb dumbbells until my arms get tired and then leave. Not the best MO…
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  16. Stephanie @ Running in the Kitchen
    July 19, 2011

    Great progress! I’m so glad you like NROLW. I did the program back in 2007 and it got me hooked on lifting heavy. Pumping heavy iron has not only helped me improve my running speed but also prevented me from getting injured. It’s a really fun program. When you are done I recommend you check out Venus Index – it’s intense but a great way to mix it up. Can’t wait to see what happens in Stage 2!!!

    • Meghann
      July 19, 2011

      Thanks! I’ll look into Venus Index!

  17. melissa (fitnessnyc)
    July 19, 2011

    That’s impressive! Nice work. Derek, relish in your chance to be a photog of your gorgeous girlfriend πŸ™‚

  18. Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    July 19, 2011

    Wow, good for you!!!! I’ve heard of that book and I was curious to try it. Thanks for keeping everyone up to date on your progress!

  19. Margo
    July 19, 2011

    Congrats! You look fabulous! Just started reading the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I’ve found it really interesting so far. After seeing your fantastic progress, I can’t wait to try out the routines.

  20. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
    July 19, 2011

    Awesome! You made some major gains! 135lb squats is impressive.

  21. Kristen @ The Concrete Runner
    July 19, 2011

    Lookin’ good, girl! That seems like a really short weight training program, and has absolutely no emphasis on chest exercises, which I find interesting. As for your question about the 25# dumbbells being too hard and the 20# being too light, you could either just do more reps (12-15) with the 20# or do as many as you can with the 25# until you are able to do 8 reps. The gym I belonged to in the summer during college had 2.5# increases for dumbbells, which was amazing. My gym now doesn’t and it sucks because a lot of times I’m in between weights.

    Keep up the good work!
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  22. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
    July 19, 2011

    You are motivating me to lift more and that is NOT an easy thing to do.
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  23. KLM
    July 19, 2011

    Awesome work! I started this program last summer but agree with you that phase one is too long β€”Β I got bored. Still, I never found another program I liked better, so now I’m on week 5 of phase one again. I’m hoping to actually make it to phase two this time!
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  24. Mary
    July 19, 2011

    you look great! you’ll get to where you want to be, just keep pluggin’ away! πŸ™‚
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  25. Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese
    July 19, 2011

    This makes me hopeful, I am starting tonight!! Great job!
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  26. Trish
    July 19, 2011

    I can really see the difference. Nice work! You made a lot of progress. I am looking forward to seeing where you’re at in another couple of months. Awesome stuff!! πŸ™‚

  27. Caroline
    July 19, 2011

    You are awesome for putting up these pics! I’ve been doing a lot of these workouts (not as closely as you are) for a few months and I’ve been seeing good results too. Keep it up girl!
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  28. gasem
    July 19, 2011

    For smaller increments just add 1 or 2 lb wrist weights to the weight

    eg 20lb dumbbell + 2 lb wrist weight =22 lbs

    • Meghann
      July 19, 2011

      Great idea! Thanks!

  29. Ashley @ This Is The Place
    July 19, 2011

    Nice job!! Note about the increasing weights. I talked to my husband about this (he’s my lifting coach). He can increase weight from 50 to 55lbs and it’s only a 10% increase in weight. When I increase from 15 to 20lbs, it’s a 30% increase in weight! That is a huge difference! So don’t forget that when you’re evaluating your progress. You’re doing awesome!

  30. Abby
    July 19, 2011

    You look awesome! Seeing all your reviews has really made me want to purchase the book and try it out. (Since you mentioned the pictures, I think if Derek took them with the camera pointed straight at you as opposed to what I’m assuming is his height I think it would be a truer shot of what you look like. Like if he squatted down so his head is level with yours, if that makes sense. The downwards angle is a little deceiving).

  31. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    July 19, 2011

    wooohoo! Nice job! And that increase in weight is seriously stellar. I love how lifting weights makes me feel stronger, fitter, and gives me more confidence.

    It is a WIN-win, I tell ya! Way to go πŸ™‚
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  32. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    July 19, 2011

    You look great in both the before & after pictures πŸ˜€
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  33. Ali @ Ali Runs
    July 19, 2011

    You go girl! I can definitely see changes in the Before and After pictures. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚
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  34. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    July 19, 2011

    You look great! I can certainly see a difference in your abs/stomach and arms/shoulders. Looking hot! Not that you didn’t already though. πŸ™‚
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  35. Amy
    July 19, 2011

    You can definitely see progress way to go Meghann!
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  36. Emily @ Savory and Savage
    July 19, 2011

    You can definitely see a difference in the before and after photos. You look more toned and muscular in the second photos.

    Congrats on finishing stage 1!!!
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  37. Emily @ Comfortable Home Life
    July 19, 2011

    I started stage 1 yesterday and I’m quite sore today! Can’t wait to get some of the results you seem to be seeing. You go girl!

  38. Seema
    July 19, 2011

    You look great! I will definitely have to look into that book :).

  39. Christine @ Burning It Off
    July 19, 2011

    Amazing progress, both in your photos and in your weight increases! I also couldn’t get past 20lbs for the dumbbell shoulder press (could barely finish my reps at that weight). It can be tricky trying to figure out how much weight to add each time but as long as you feel you’re challenging yourself, then I don’t think it’s stepping backwards.
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  40. Tracy @ Commit To Fit
    July 19, 2011

    I have really been wanted to read that book. You look great and I am looking forward to reading more about your progress!
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  41. Kristin @ FoodFash
    July 19, 2011

    Great job!!! Looks like you’re ready for Prana Flow πŸ™‚ (I have a gazillion classes to use up…)
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  42. Alex
    July 20, 2011

    Your back muscles looks awesome!!!

    I just finished Stage 1 on Monday and I definitely feel stronger. I’m excited to start Stage 2 next week- Keep it up!
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  43. Julie (A Case of the Runs)
    July 20, 2011

    Hmmm, interesting! I am definitely closer to your “Workout 1” numbers than “Workout 8.” πŸ˜‰
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  44. Melissa
    July 21, 2011

    That’s awesome you stuck with this, I think I’d probably drive myself nuts with the repetitiveness. I need to change my workouts often or I get bored. Glad you’re feeling stronger – you look great!

  45. Edan
    January 23, 2012

    Do you still have your google calendar for your lifting workouts? I am trying to figure out how to start stage one of NROLFW and it is a bit confusing :/

  46. Lauri
    January 25, 2012

    Question about the program…I skimmed through it last night but didn’t read it all yet. I can’t give up my cardio but the book focuses a lot on resting, even on the off days of lifting. I wanted to definetley do cardio on the days I don’t lift (elliptical, running or a gym class like Step) but I also might throw in some cardio on the days I DO lift. Nothign crazy, maybe just 20 minutes or so. Is this a no-no?
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    • Meghann
      January 25, 2012

      I’m not an expert and have been incorporating some cardio on my lifting days just because of my training schedule. I know in later stages there are HIIT workouts that you do on lifting days with the program.

  47. Laura
    June 10, 2012

    Hey Meghann, did you record your AMRAP workouts (the bonus workouts)? Just curious to see how you did there. I think I started out with way too light of a weight for squats (30 lb) and did like 70 of them.. LOL

  48. Whitney
    November 17, 2013

    I remembered how you had done this and I just bought the book today! It was fun reading back through your posts and helped me to understand it better. I was a little confused that there are only like 6 exercises in stage 1 workouts so I’m glad you talked about that. Excited to get this going!

  49. Maryanne
    November 10, 2015

    I just got the book and I guess I may be slow. Hoping someone can help.
    Phase one is working through the 4 areas 4 times and increasing weights right. There are 2 workout plans to use in phase one.
    Is this it….

  50. Destini Pettus
    January 26, 2016

    Hi, I have started this workout plan but I am really scared of the amount of calories in the diet plan. According to the book, I should be eating 1900 calories on non-workout days and 2100 calories on workout days. You got such amazing results that I was wondering if you could share some details on your nutrition experience throughout this plan. And also, your experience with the “extra” workouts he talks about in the book because I would love to include some.

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